acupuncture & wellbeing
for the west country.
针灸 (zhēnjiǔ) meaning "acupuncture"
Originated in China around 3,500 years ago
and remains one of the oldest, most commonly
used systems of healing in the world.
Hello, I’m Claire.
I work together with my patients to thoughtfully tailor treatment to the individual, enabling them to regain control over their own health.
Using Traditional Chinese Medicine theory in a contemporary way, I treat each patient uniquely and holistically. Often working alongside conventional western medicine.
To heal and thrive, we need to address your well-being physically, emotionally and spiritually.
My practice is at Deeper Balance Clinic just outside of Wells. I also offer regular workshops introducing acupuncture in East London and at Birch Community Hotel.
ancient wisdom. contemporary practice.
Acupuncture involves the gentle insertion of very fine, sterile needles into specific points on the body. This stimulates the nervous system, activating the body’s capacity to regulate and heal itself, promoting physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Acupuncture should not hurt. The needles are so fine they are barely discernible. Some patients experience some sensation; many feel nothing at all. Most of my patients report a deep sense of relaxation both during and after treatment
Acupuncture is an ancient healing system, part of the ecosystem of Traditional Chinese Medicine services in which I am trained. It has been practiced for thousands of years and today it is commonly used as both a frontline and complementary treatment in healthcare systems around the world. Modern science has helped to increase our understanding of the biomechanics of its effectiveness and it is today been clinically proven to be beneficial for a wide range of conditions.
Furthermore, a number of private health insurers today cover acupuncture in their treatment options.
I provide a range of interventions based on the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine and contemporary, evidence-based practice. Following a comprehensive, holistic assessment of your needs I will tailor a treatment plan to help you regain a sense of control over your health and wellbeing. Depending on your needs and preferences this may include any of the following services.
Acupuncture points are chosen according to your specific diagnosis. It initiates the healing mechanisms within your own body. Once the extremely fine needles are in, many patients feel a sense of serenity and calm.
Mugwort is a herb used to warm and stimulate acupuncture points through a process called moxibustion. It improves circulation to relieve pain and boost energy. It is also used successfully to turn breech babies.
Facial Acupuncture is the natural alternative to Botox. It increases blood to the face improving vitality, increases collagen to areas with wrinkles and causes muscles to contract thereby toning the face where elasticity has been lost through the process of ageing. Treatment includes relaxing gua sha and massage incorporating Earth Remedies products.
Electro-acupuncture is intended to help increase the potential healing effects of traditional acupuncture. It works by passing a tiny electrical impulse between two needles. The patient may report a gentle vibration. It is useful for chronic or acute musculoskeletal pain.
Cupping feels like massage in reverse. By gently pulling the muscles and fascia upwards, it draws toxins to the surface of the skin where the immune system is better able to eliminate them and encourages oxygenated blood flow to the area. Especially effective on tight tired muscles.
Gua Sha improves local circulation and breaks up scar tissue or adhesions in the muscles and connective tissue, by gently scraping a tool over the surface of the skin to stimulate local circulation. It is also a great complementary technique for treating respiratory conditions.
Naturopathy is a complete system of western natural medicine that focuses on preventive health and the use of non-toxic, natural therapies. It is all about encouraging and supporting your body's own natural self healing mechanisms.
Acupressure works on the same ancient theory as acupuncture. Points are stimulated gently with the practitioners own fingers,naturally easing blockages and restoring balance. Research suggests particular success with morning sickness, anxiety and paediatric care where a gentler approach is preferred.